1/2 Cup Almonds
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Minced
1 (14 Ounce) Can Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Red Hot Pepper Flakes
1/3 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
1/3 Cup SOOC Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(Substitute Basil EVOO with our Baklouti Green Chili EVOO for an extra kick!)
Salt & Pepper
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Pound Pasta Of Choice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and place the almonds on a baking sheet. Roast just until the almonds begin to brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Place the almonds in a food processor along with the garlic, canned tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, basil, and olive oil. Pulse until the mixture is finely ground but not pureed. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until it is “al dente.” Drain, and toss the pasta with the sauce and grated cheese.
Serve immediately, garnishing with basil leaves. Enjoy!
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1 pound pasta of your choice
1/2 cup SOOC Arbosana EVOO
4-6 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground pepper
Cook pasta until Al Dente. While the pasta is cooking, saute chopped garlic in Arbosana EVOO until golden brown. Remove the pan from heat and add 3/4 of the parsley.
Drain the pasta and combine with the sauce in a separate bowl and toss until all the pasta is coated.
Garnish with remaining parsley and enjoy! Salt and pepper to taste. For a little extra flavor, toss pasta with halved cherry tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan cheese!
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1 pound fresh whole or halved mushrooms
1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
1 cup SOOC Garlic EVOO
1/4 cup SOOC Sicilian Lemon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine mushrooms and onion in medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
For marinade, blend all marinade ingredients in small mixing bowl. Combine mushrooms and onions into the mixture. Toss and cover. Refrigerate 1-2 days, stirring occasionally. Remove mushrooms and onions from marinade. Serve over a fresh grilled steak or chicken breast! Substitute Sicilian Lemon balsamic with Fig balsamic for a more savory option.
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4-5 large, ripe, tomatoes
1 large red onion
1 green bell pepper
1/4 pound (113.5g) of Greek feta cheese, sliced or crumbled
SOOC Koroneiki EVOO
SOOC Traditional 18-year Balsamic
1 dozen Greek olives (Kalamata, green Cretan olives, etc.)
Pickled pepperoncini hot peppers (garnish)
Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized irregularly shaped chunks, removing the core. Slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices, cutting slices in half, and peeling if desired. Slice the pepper into rings, removing the stem and seeds. Slice the onion into thin rings. Salt lightly, to taste.
Combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper and onion in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with oregano. Pour olive oil over the salad, and toss. Just before serving, top the salad with Feta cheese and olives. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top, and garnish with hot peppers. For a more traditional option, serve over a bed of fresh greens.
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We found this olive oil cake recipe from Nigella Lawson and thought this would be a great treat that is still kinda heart healthy!!
- ⅔ cup SOOC Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for greasing)
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
- ½ cup boiling water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups almond meal (or 125g plain flour / 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 3 large eggs
- SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar (optional, for topping)
Note: For a fun twist, substitute Arbequina olive oil with SOOC Blood Orange olive oil or any flavor you wish.
- Preheat your oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9-inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
- Measure and sift the unsweetened cocoa into a bowl and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool.
- In another bowl, combine the almond meal (or flour) with the baking soda and pinch of
- Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream.
- Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond (or flour) mixture.
- Pour liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very center, on top, still looks slightly damp.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, then ease the sides of the cake with a small spatula and spring it out of the tin. Serve with ice cream, fresh raspberries, and drizzle with SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar.
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3 Tbsp SOOC Garlic Olive Oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup frozen cut green beans
1/2 cup celery, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can small white beans, drained
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup carrots, julienned
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 cups hot water
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/3 cup small pasta shells
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat and sauté onion, celery, garlic, zucchini and green beans, about 5 minutes.
- Then add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water and spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, allowing soup to simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Add baby spinach leaves and pasta, cooking an additional 20 minutes, then serve. Enjoy!
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups * Calories: 190 * Fat: 4 g * Carbs: 30.4 g * Fiber: 9 g * Protein: 8.9 g
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2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
4 large carrots, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
7 tablespoons SOOC Harissa extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup red quinoa
2 cups water
3 tablespoons SOOC Honey Ginger balsamic vinegar
5 ounces mixed salad greens
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
1/2 cup dried cranberries 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small bowl, mix the spices together. In a medium bowl, toss the carrots, onion and 2 tablespoons of the Harissa olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the spice mix (saving remaining spice mix for Quinoa) and toss to coat. Spread the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender.
2. Meanwhile, spread the walnuts in a pie plate and bake for about 7 minutes, until golden. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 teaspoons of the spice mix and the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 17 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and let cool slightly.
4. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining Harissa olive oil with 3 tablespoons of the Honey Ginger balsamic vinegar, adding remaining spice mix (if any). Salt and pepper to taste, or add one teaspoon of Dijon Mustard, if desired. Add the salad greens, Quinoa, roasted vegetables, cranberries, walnuts, and toss to coat. Finish with Parsley. If presentation is a must, toss the greens with half of the dressing first, and spoon Quinoa mix on top of greens with remaining dressing.
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